Fresh off her national television debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Leah Bonnema is a comic on the rise. You’ve seen her on IFC’s Comedy Crib, Chris Gethard Presents HARD READ, Oculus & AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live and she is a regular on SiriusXM. Leah has performed for our troops overseas, toured the US with Lizz Winstead’s Lady Parts Justice and HuffPo named her one of their Favorite Female Comedians. She’s been featured on The America Stands Up Showcase at The International Glasgow Comedy Festival and performed in The New York Comedy Festival, The Lucille Ball Comedy Fest at The National Comedy Center, Politicon, Bumbershoot and at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC for The District of Comedy Festival. You can watch Leah weekly on Buzzfeed’s Did You See This?! and listen to her on Were You Raised By Wolves, which made Apple’s *New & Noteworthy* podcast list.
We caught up with him to ask a few ridiculous questions.
asembl: What’s the best gig you ever had? The worst?
LB: I’ve had a few gigs that really put me over the proverbial moon. I was very grateful to be able to tour and perform for our troops overseas, I got to headline in Scotland which was absolutely incredible, also had a gig in Louisville Kentucky that I’m still thinking about years later. Love having the opportunity to meet new people and share laughter. I feel like one lucky b*&ch.
Lots of toss ups for the worst gig but I’m going to go with a spot I did in New Jersey where a man got on stage and tried to beat me up and no one helped because they all thought it was a part of the show, so that was nice. I’m sure he is somewhere right now not wearing a mask.
asembl: A lot of comics have been doing outdoor gigs since the pandemic struck. If you’ve done any, how terrible has that been?
LB: The rooftop shows in NYC have actually been phenomenal. It’s so great to get to see people laugh again in real life. Plus, you feel like a part of the energy of the city when you’re on a rooftop looking out over the skyline.
asembl: What early trauma was most influential in bringing you to stand up comedy?
LB: Is there anyone who remembers their childhood?
asembl: How has the pandemic impacted you creatively? Are you writing more, less or the same now?
LB: I tried to rally all my anxiety and frantic energy of being inside for so long into writing a Christmas novel (I really love holiday movies) to keep me afloat emotionally. Self published it on Kindle this week actually: https://www.amazon.com/Holiday-Breakdown-Leah-Bonnema-ebook/dp/B08PDS3N99
asembl: How have you adjusted to Zoom therapy / AA / etc.?
LB: As long as I have my ring light I’m good to go. Wish I had invested in February 2020.
asembl: Best puppet based sitcom: Alf or Unhappily Ever After?
LB: Opting out of puppets unless is the Muppets Christmas with John Denver although that’s not a sitcom that’s a way of life.
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